Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Microsoft helps AT&T with asset management operations centre

Steve Rogerson
September 26, 2017
AT&T has announced an asset management operations centre for quick deployment of asset monitoring and management in the cloud. The service will run on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, and will use several Microsoft enterprise components, such as Azure Cosmos DB and Microsoft Power BI, to give business users a more streamlined way to track, monitor and manage their deployed IoT assets.
AT&T says it is committed to delivering a highly secure, on-demand, flexible network platform that serves business needs in an integrated approach. The operations centre enables a single IoT application, which supports multiple devices, communications protocols, networks and cloud environments.
It comes with a built-in dashboard that lets users tailor data visualisation or use APIs to integrate it into existing enterprise systems. This supports a plug-and-play environment for configuring devices, sensors on device, grouping of assets by location and type, rules for alerts, and reporting.
It is said to be easy to add new devices, mix modes and support multiple asset monitoring use cases. It also provides flexibility, and can be standalone or integrated with existing applications.
AT&T will initially work with Microsoft to bring the operations centre to market.
"AT&T is committed to giving our enterprise customers the tools, platforms and the connectivity they need to more securely manage their IoT assets wherever they're deployed," said Chris Penrose, president for IoT at AT&T. "AT&T and Microsoft have a long-standing relationship, and we're pleased to once again team with them through the new AT&T asset management operations centre to deliver a flexible solution to help address our customers' current and future IoT needs."
The service takes advantage of AT&T’s IoT platform and the Azure cloud platform, providing global scale and high availability. It will initially be deployed using the AT&T Global SIM on LTE and LTE-M networks and, in the future, will be available through multi-network connectivity using other network modes such as satellite and wifi. The control centre will be used for SIM management, provisioning and activation. It helps users speed time to market, run operations more efficiently and manage connected IoT device initiatives.
"We're excited to collaborate with AT&T to give our joint enterprise customers more control of their deployed IoT assets by utilising Azure cloud services,” said Michael Angiulo, corporate vice president at Microsoft. “Together, our combined technologies can help customers quickly deploy innovative solutions that can improve their day-to-day operations."
The operations centre is the first in a series of multi-market, multi-cloud reference services built on AT&T’s IoT platform to help speed enterprise users' time to market. It will be available to beta customers later this year.